Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The artist, who took home a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray," is a contender in eight
Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The artist, who took home a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray," is a contender in eight categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop artist.
Foxx's collaborations with Kanye West on "Gold Digger" and Ludacris on "Unpredictable" garnered two mentions each. Both are in the running for top R&B/hip-hop song.
"It's an honor to be nominated for this R&B award. Billboard is a true testament to the fans and people out there and I truly appreciate all the love and support," Foxx says.
The awards ceremony will close Billboard's seventh annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference, to be held Sept. 6-8 in Atlanta at the Renaissance Waverly.
With seven nods each, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige vie against each other in all of the same categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop album artist. The latter category includes West, who is a finalist in seven categories as well. His additional mentions include top R&B/hip-hop album and hot rap track for his work with Foxx on "Gold Digger."
Young Jeezy has four mentions, including best rap album for "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101." He is also in the running for top new artist alongside Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and Chris Brown.
Top songwriter finalists are Johnta Austin, Robert Kelly, Scott Storch and Jermaine Dupri. Dupri and Storch are also finalists for top producer along with Mr. Collipark and Bryan-Michael Cox.
The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and artists as well as the top songwriters, producers and major/independent labels. The awards are based on sales data from Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay information for Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.
This year's finalists and winners reflect the performance of recordings on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop and rap charts during the one-year period from May 28, 2005 through the issue dated May 20, 2006. New artists are those who have not appeared on a Billboard album chart prior to the March 26, 2005, issue or have not been a new artist finalist in the past.
For the full list of finalists, click here.